31 January – 4 February
The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On, dir. Kazuo Hara, Japan 1987, 122 min., Japanese with English subtitles
A programme of four feature films from one of Japan’s most renowned documentary filmmakers, presented in partnership with Second Run
For over five decades, Hara’s notoriously confrontational films have challenged traditional modes of documentary filmmaking in Japan. The director’s body of work combines provocative political commentary with unblinking attention to the lives of his subjects, exposing often painfully intimate details.
In Focus: Kazuo Hara offers a rare insight into Hara’s unique body of work, featuring his 1972 debut, Goodbye CP, his 2016 film Sennan Asbestos Disaster, and newly-remastered versions of The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987) and Extreme Private Eros: Love Song (1974).
Four screenings: £36 full price, £32 concessions
Three screenings: £27 full price, £24 concessions
Two screenings: £20 full price, £18 concessions
Kazuo Hara made his directorial debut in 1972 with the documentary Goodbye CP, a depiction of life with cerebral palsy. Released two years later, Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 radically profiles the director’s relationship with his ex-wife Miyuki Takeda. From 1987, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On follows a former soldier’s dogged efforts to hold his superior officers accountable for their actions in World War II. Taking eight years to shoot, Sennan Asbestos Disaster was released 17 years after Hara’s previous documentary and received wide acclaim internationally.
Friday 31 January, 8:30pm
Newly remastered, Kazuo Hara’s infamous documentary follows an ageing Japanese World War II veteran’s rampant attempts to uncover the truth about wartime atrocities.
Saturday 1 February, 4pm
In one of Kazuo Hara’s most controversial films, the director turns the camera on his ex-wife, radical activist Takeda Miyuki.
Sunday 2 February, 8:40pm
Kazuo Hara’s debut documentary from 1972 follows a group of adults living with cerebral palsy who struggle with the privations inflicted upon them by an indifferent society.
Tuesday 4 February, 7:45pm
Ten years in the making, Kazuo Hara’s three-and-a-half-hour-long epic Sennan Asbestos Disaster is a longitudinal study of asbestos victims demanding reparations from a heartless state.